Inexpensive at-home beauty hacks you can do right at your desk!
Times are a-changing.
You don’t need to venture into a salon or clinic for an effective beauty treatment. There’s a truckload you can try while working from home and even a few you can do while on a video call. So here is my gift to you, my dear friends — my shortlist of at-home beauty treatments you can do right at your WFH desk.
I don’t know a single person who hasn’t complained about their COVID hands. Dry, itchy and cracked skin are truly a sign of the times. A thick hand cream with urea or ceramides just might do the trick for some. But nothing beats a nourishing hand mask with thick emollients to heal seriously parched hands.
While you wouldn’t have dreamt of slipping into a luxe hand mask at the office, there’s no one stopping you now! Try this DIY hand mask during your work day.
STEP 1: Generously massage a balm or ointment onto hands. Vaseline or Paw Paw creams are good choices to prevent moisture loss
Step 2: Put hands in a pair of cotton gloves
Step 3 (Optional): If you find it hard to work with the gloves on, slip an extra pair of vinyl (or food prep) gloves on top. Trust me on this one — you’ll be typing and using your touchscreen devices in no time
Step 4: Leave gloves on for at least 20 minutes or longer if you can manage
Step 5: Follow up with a skin barrier repair hand cream immediately afterwards
Personal favourite restorative hand creams that help strengthen the skin barrier include CeraVe’s Hand Cream with 3 types of ceramides and Hamilton’s Urederm Cream with 10% Urea.
For very dehydrated hands, do this for 2–3 consecutive days and you’ll start noticing that they’re less dry. However, see your GP or dermatologist if your hands are looking red and are very itchy because you might need some anti-inflammation medication or ointment to calm the irritation.